Bare Booties - Mites in the North?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by CityChook, Feb 19, 2009.

  1. CityChook

    CityChook Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 4 BO hens, 10 months old. I noticed 2 days ago that 3 of the 4 were losing those beautiful fluffy butt feathers. Last night when I closed up their house, I notice that two now have pretty raw, scabby areas just below the vent. Grrrr.

    These girls are not cramped. They have 12 ft inside and another 12 ft outside - per bird. They have layer feed and get BOSS and corn twice a day. They haven't ranged much all winter as it is quite cold and they don't like the snow/ice.

    I spent hours last night going over feather picking in searches. I'm off this morning to the feed store for pine tar and blue kote. I refreshed the shavings in the coop and put a good dose of DE on top as well as in the nest box. I gave them some dry cat food this morning as a treat. They thought I was a rock star. I thought I'd pick up some Sevin or Pro-Zap while I'm out just in case it could be mites.

    But really - COULD mites live in the great white northern winter? My coop is heated, but only with a ceramic bulb over the roost - it's only about 10 degrees warmer in the coop than outside, which today is 2.

    I'm at my wits end. This is my first winter with chickens. To add insult, I'm leaving in 3 days for vacation and leaving the chicken care to a family member (who is cursing me right now, I'm sure). I want to try to set up a situation for success as much as I can before I leave so that I don't come home to Armegeddon.

    Any suggestions that you can shoot my way are appreciated.
     
  2. Poohbear

    Poohbear On a Time Out

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    Get some Adams Flea And Tick Spray for dogs from feedstore or petshop, Wal-Mart too. Hold chicken by the feet upside down and squirt the vent area, stomach area, under each wing, at the base of the tail (saddle) and under the neck feathers. Wait two days and repeat this action with 5% Sevin dust. They will be fine. Now you have to clean, spray and dust ALL living quarters of the chickens to KEEP mites, lice and blue-bugs off. Good luck!
     
  3. Lollipop

    Lollipop Chillin' With My Peeps

    Checking for mites.

    To determine the presents of body lice or mites, pick one or two birds off the roost at night. With a good flashlight, examine the area under the tail and around the vent. If mites are present, you should be able to see them scampering for cover.

    Treat with Sevin Dust, Adams dog dip or spray, Ivomec wormers (pour on or injectable-Caution: You can`t eat the eggs for a month after treating with Ivomec. Ivomec is also affective for most internal parasites)
     

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